Monmouthshire Open Meadows 18 June 2017

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Apr 272017
 

GWT Reserve at Springdale Farm, April 2017

This year we are working with Gwent Wildlife Trust to give people the opportunity to walk around some of the county’s most beautiful meadows and to get a feel for how the Monmouthshire landscape would have looked before intensive farming methods were adopted.

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Four meadows are open on Sunday 18th June where there will be hosts to point out the paths and help identify species. Continue reading »

Gardens in the Wild, 24/25 June

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Apr 272017
 

Gardens in the Wild is an annual garden festival and this year will be held at Whitfield Estate, Herefordshire HR2 0BA on 24/25 June.

There will be stalls, events, guided walks, delicious food and talks from a terrific line up of garden experts including Noel Kingsbury and Caroline Hanks who will share their expertise on meadows.
Seven very special local gardens will be opening exclusively for the festival in the afternoons. A weekend Rover ticket gives access to all the gardens.

Visitors will also be free to explore the gardens and parkland of Whitfield during the weekend and there will be supper and music in the barn on the Saturday evening.

Full details on their web site www.gardensinthewild.org

Biodiversity Day at Llanllywel (Usk) Sunday 7 May

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Apr 272017
 

Usk Civic Society is organising a Biodiversity Day to raise funds for the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial.  The event starts at 12 noon at Llanllywel House.  There will be walks in the wildflower meadow, the woodland and hillside.  Bring a picnic, stout shoes and anorak. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks will be available.  There will be activities including butter making, outdoor cooking, clay modelling and more.

It is free to enter and visitors will be asked to make cash donations to the fund (as these can be gift-aided).  Monmouthshire Meadows Group will have a stall and Gwent Wildlife Trust will also be there.  The house is next to their reserve at Springdale Farm.

Ty Llanllywel, Llanllowell Lane, NP15 1LL, (grid reference ST 404 992), on the left travelling west to east towards Springdale Farm.

For more information contact Stella Collard, 01291 673655

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Apr 082017
 

Our latest newsletter is available to download here.  It includes our latest news, upcoming events and articles including:

  • An update from our chairman, Steph Tyler, on recent activities
  • News about our latest venture at Wet Meadow in Trellech
  • The Long Forest Project
  • GWT’s Wye Woods Conservation Project
  • Open Meadows Day 2017
  • Monmouth Bee Festival
  • Obituary and news of our hedge planting tribute to Diana Bevan, founder member and previous chair of MMG

 

We welcome items for inclusion in our newsletters, especially pictures of your First Sightings, and longer pieces of interest to our members.  Contributions should be sent to Marilyn Dunkelman, who can be contacted via our online form

Spring 2017 AGM and Get-together

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Mar 162017
 

Wednesday 26th April, 7pm at Llanishen Village Hall

Our Annual General Meeting and Spring Get-together is a great opportunity to meet fellow meadow enthusiasts and catch up on MMG activities.  This year our speaker is Dr George Peterken, well known ecologist, author of several books including Wye Valley (in the Collins New Naturalist series) and Meadows (volume 2 of the British Wildlife Collection).  George is also a founder member of Parish Grasslands Project, our sister organisation across the Wye.

As usual there will be a buffet supper after the talk.

Location

Llanishen Village Hall is situated on Church Road East in the village of Lanishen, just off the B4293 between Chepstow and Monmouth, post code NP16 6QE.  There is a map on the hall’s web site www.llanishenhall.org.uk

Booking

Please book in advance as we need to know how many people to cater for.  You can book online (form below) or contact  Marilyn Dunkelman, 01600 860031 or by email using our Contact Us form.

You can send payment by cheque, made payable to Monmouthshire Meadows Group, to Marilyn at The Beeches, The Narth, Monmouth NP25 4QL.  If you prefer to pay using Internet banking we’ll send details of our account when we receive your booking.

Please contact one of the committee if you need to arrange a lift.

Booking Form
  • Wednesday 26th April at Llanishen Village Hall
  • Costs include refreshments and a glass of wine or you can come to the meeting only
    Members: £14.00 each
    Non-members: £17.00 each
    Meeting only: £3.50 non-members (members free)
    For internet banking please use the reference 'Spring2017' - bank details will be sent to you
  •   Bank Transfer (details will be sent by email)
      Cheque

Events Diary

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Mar 152017
 

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May 2017

Sunday 7th: Usk Civic Society’s Biodiversity Day at Llanllywell, from 12 noon, to raise funds for the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial in Usk.  More details

Wednesday 17th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk with Steph Tyler and Elsa Wood, looking at weeds of brownfield sites in Chepstow

Saturday 20th: Monmouthshire Bee Festival, at Nelson Gardens in Monmouth, organised by Bee Friendly Monmouthshire and Bees for Development.  Details

June 2017

Tuesday 6th: Meadow Plant Identification for Beginners, 10am to 12.30pm at Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve.  Book with Gwent Wildlife Trust** (details on their web site)

Saturday 10th: A guided walk exploring the flowers and plants of Castle Meadows, Abergavenny, with Sheelagh Kerry, 10am to 12 noon. Dogs on leads only.  Please book with Abergavenny local group, Gwent Wildlife Trust, call 0800 298 3656.   Location and more details

Tuesday 13th: Meadow Plant Identification for Intermediates, 10am to 12.30pm at Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve.  Book with Gwent Wildlife Trust** (details on their web site)

Saturday 17th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk  in Cwmllanwenarth wet meadows, the only site for Trollius (Globeflower) in the county

Sunday 18th: MMG Open Meadows Day.  A number of meadows will be open, including Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Springdale Farm.  More details to follow

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25thGardens in the Wild at the Whitfield Estate in South Herefordshire. Details

Sunday 25th:  Far Hill Flowers Open Day (part of British Flowers Week).  Open flower farm, garden and wildflower meadow. Find out how the farm works, what is grown and why British flowers are so wonderful. Refreshments available. Tours at 10.30am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm, £10 including a posy of flowers. Contact Justine at justine@farhillflowers.co.uk to book. Details and directions: www.farhillflowers.co.uk

July 2017

Saturday 1st:  National Meadows Day. Dean Meadows Group celebrate with wildflower walks at the Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground, Coleford, GL16 8DS . Open 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Guided walks at 11:00 and 2:00 with specialists  to help identify flowers and insects; 1:00 to 2:00 pm expert advice on wildflower photography. Free of charge, parking available, please wear appropriate walking shoes

Wednesday 19thMonmouthshire Botany Group’s  Botany Walk , possibly a visit to MOD Caerwent depending on manoeuvres

August 2017

Saturday 19th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk , recording in SO20X and Y

September 2017

Wednesday 13th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk , aquatic plants ID day at Magor Marsh


Botany Walks: The programme is provisional as some venues may be changed. Days start at 10am continuing until about 3-4pm.  All days are for helping to improve ID skills and recording for Atlas 2020. Booking is essential, contact Steph Tyler by email steph_tyler2001@hotmail.com.  Details on BSBI web site and the Botany Group’s Facebook page

**There are many other events organised by Gwent Wildlife Trust, SEWBReC and other conservation organisations so do check out their listings as well:

Gwent Wildlife Trust Events Calendar (external link)

South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) Events Calendar (external link)

Local Wildlife Site Landowner Morning: 22 January

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Jan 052017
 

Trooping Funnels (Clitocybe geotropa) in a Local Wildlife Site (picture Jon Dunkelman)

All Monmouthshire Meadows Group members are invited to attend the morning for owners of Local Wildlife Sites at Llanishen Village Hall on Sunday 22 January 2017, 9.30am to 1pm.

There will be talks on Grassland Fungi, Amazing Molluscs of the Gwent Living Landscapes, Wye Valley Woodlands, Pine Marten Reintroduction Feasibility, and Orchard Conservation as well as time to meet other wildlife site owners, discuss issues and find out about the current survey work being undertaken on grasslands.

The event is organised by Gwent Wildlife Trust and you can book a place by contacting Andy Karran, their Wildlife Sites Officer, e-mail akarran@gwentwildlife.org or 01600 740600.

Download the programme, including directions and map of Llanishen Village Hall

Members Survey 2016

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Oct 282016
 

grass_management_pieEarlier this year, we decided to undertake a short membership survey as a simple way of giving members the opportunity to describe problems they might have with the management of their meadows, particularly those with whom we have no regular contact beyond the initial botanical survey and advice.   Nearly 40% of the 238 members invited to complete the survey responded. We cannot be sure how representative they are of the full membership but the results have been analysed and a brief summary published in our Autumn newsletter.  For anyone interested in the full survey here it is to download as a pdf:

Membership Survey Final Report 2016

The survey was put together and analysed by former committee member Glynis Laws. If anyone has any comments or questions about the survey, please contact the committee.

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

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Oct 132016
 

Autumn 2016 NewsletterOur latest newsletter is available to download here.  Featuring, among other news:

  • An update from our chairman, Steph Tyler, on recent activities
  • News about our latest meadow reserve, Ida’s Meadow in Maryland, The Narth
  • A beautifully illustrated article by Ray Armstrong on moving to Pastures New
  • Low energy hay baling
  • Managing verges for wildflowers in Itton Common
  • Pictures and reports from National Meadows Day 2016

Plus our regular items: first sightings, welcoming new members, reports of our 2016 activities and news of things to come

We welcome items for inclusion in our newsletters, especially pictures of your First Sightings, and longer pieces of interest to our members.  Contributions should be sent to Marilyn Dunkelman, who can be contacted via our online form

Our Autumn Get-together: 27 October

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Oct 012016
 
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Autumn Meadow (Jon Dunkelman)

Our Autumn meeting this year will be at the Centenary Hall in Usk, on Thursday 27th October.  We shall have our usual buffet supper and plenty of time to chat and socialise with fellow meadows enthusiasts.

This year two of our members will be talking about their meadow experiences:

David Sheers is a committee member of the Monmouthshire Branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales.  He and his wife have a small oasis of species-rich pastures and meadows in a sea of intensive agriculture , at Llandewi Rhydderch near Abergavenny.

Malcolm Schuyl is a professional photographer, and a keen moth-trapper.  He and his wife came to live at Maypole near St Maughans three years ago and have a small farm with species-rich pastures, woodland and a stream. Continue reading »